The Yampatika Team

Joe Haines, Executive Director

Joe has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He originally started by working with the homeless in Washington DC after graduate school at George Washington University. He likes to say that his “unofficial” title at Calvary Women’s Shelter was “Chief Gopher” because of his diverse responsibilities which included office management, databases, facilities maintenance and opening the shelter. After Calvary, he spent almost 10 years in youth services in Illinois and Colorado including five years as a Camp Fire USA Council Executive Director in both Illinois and Colorado. In addition to working with the homeless and youth, Joe has led organizations that work with disabled adults, the poor and working poor and feral and stray cats (getting them spayed or neutered). He is a live-long chess enthusiast and is the former President of the Colorado State Chess Association. He enjoys the outdoors including hiking and biking. He also enjoys the occasional computer game.  Joe has been married to Julia since 2008 and they co-habitate with two tolerant cats. Joe can be reached at

Kellie Gorman, Program Director

During her last semester of college, Kellie discovered teaching environmental education as a career option and immediately knew that’s what she wanted to do. She graduated with a degree in environmental geology and moved to a large environmental education center in Georgia to begin her adventures in teaching. Kellie later branched into outdoor education, guiding for Outward Bound and the Appalachian Mountain club. New adventures and opportunities led her to a volunteer position with the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda. She quickly realized six months wasn’t long enough in Africa, and found work to stay in Uganda and then also worked and lived in Zambia.  Colorado always had a strong connection to her heart so after a few years of living abroad she returned to the States and moved to Boulder County to focus on environmental education again.  Most recently, she worked as the service-learning specialist at Denver Zoo with part of her time working as a member of the Mongolia Conservation Education team. When not working you will find Kellie playing in the mountains on one of her bikes, or exploring while trail running, backpacking, skiing or even sometimes by boat. Kellie can be reached at

Sue Hansen, Office Manager

Sue Hansen is a long time local and outdoor enthusiast. She has a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a resort management degree from CMC, and is a certified massage therapist. She owns and manages SK Hansen, Inc., a company that provides bookkeeping, property management, massage, notary and pet sitting services. She brings these skills and organization to Yampatika. Growing up as a Girl Scout, Sue believes in the importance of outdoor education. When she is not working, you can find her bicycling, gardening, skiing and enjoying outdoor music festivals. She also enjoys traveling and exploring faraway places. One of her life goals is to trek in every major mountain range in the world. Sue can be reached at

Karen Vail, Senior Naturalist

Karen Vail is a Steamboat native and has been involved in Yampatika from its beginning–way back in the early 1990s. Karen received a B.S. in Horticulture, with a concentration in Botany from Colorado State University, and earned her Master’s Degree in Gardening from the Royal Horticultural Society in England. She rode the “big yellow bus” for a year on Audubon Expedition Institute during her first year towards a Masters in Environmental Education, finishing up at Antioch in New England. She runs her own landscaping business, and has recently published a phenomenal book with Mary O’Brien: “Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies”. Karen also published a book of beautiful wild flower photographs, entitled “For the Joy of Wildflowers: Colorado Creations.” She has also created a DVD of local wildflowers.

Kelsey Coria, Naturalist

Karen Reynolds, Naturalist

Candy Granger, Naturalist

Summer Camp Staff:

Mike Loots, Summer Camp Director

Julia Franz, Camp Naturalist

Eric Ganshert, Camp Naturalist

Katie Guston, Camp Naturalist

Melissa Heskett, Camp Naturalist

Board of Directors and Advisors

Board of Directors

Shari Fryer, President
Sue Stempel, Vice President
Open, Treasurer
Leslie Steen, Board Secretary
Bill Dring, Director at Large
Holly Hampson, Director at Large
Natalie Sattler, Director at Large
Ryan Van Ness, Director at Large
Tom Kelly, Director at Large


Lindarose Berkley
Brett Bruyere
Melissa Dressen, US Forest Service
Jaime Letson, Letson Enterprises, Inc.
Libbie Miller, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Ed MacArthur, Native Excavating, Inc.
Linda May Morrison, The Simmons Foundation
Gina Robison, Bureau of Land Management
Ward Van Scoyk, Attorney